History Book Reviews (page 5)

THE ARK BEFORE NOAH by Irving Finkel
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Under the tutelage of a clever scholar, a cuneiform tablet brings to life an ancient world and the genesis of a great biblical story."
The ubiquitous tale of the Great Flood was not new to the writers of Genesis. Finkel, the assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and culture at the British Museum, offers some fresh particulars about the source of the biblical story. Read full book review >
THE BOHEMIANS by Ben Tarnoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"It may be, as Tarnoff asserts, that these writers spent the best years of their lives in California, but only Twain, living in New York and Connecticut, left a lasting literary legacy."
Four ambitious writers star in this literary history. Read full book review >

ATHENS by James H.S. McGregor
HISTORY
Released: March 24, 2014

"A concise, useful history of "the hometown of Western thought, the birthplace of democracy, and the starting block for the modern Olympics.""
McGregor (Emeritus, Comparative Literature/Univ. of Georgia; Paris from the Ground Up, 2009, etc.) describes the great city of Athens in solid detail as it spirals out from its core on the Acropolis. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by USC Shoah Foundation
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 24, 2014

"An informative coffee table book for film buffs and those interested in Jewish history."
The story behind the making of Schindler's List and the development of a foundation dedicated to sharing Holocaust testimonies. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"Eloquent and evocative evidence of the evanescence of all."
Hollis (Interior Design/Edinburgh Coll. of Art; The Secret Lives of Buildings, 2009) returns with a personal history of the ephemeral lives of interiors. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A slow-building saga that delivers a powerful final wallop."
A carefully constructed study—featuring a chilling denouement—of the disruptive effects of "civilizing" mission work among indigenous peoples. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS by Simon Schama
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian."
Witty, nimble and completely in his element, Schama (History and Art History/Columbia Univ.; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother, 2011, etc.), in a book tie-in to a PBS and BBC series, fashions a long-planned "labor of love" that nicely dovetails the biblical account with the archaeological record. Read full book review >
THE MASTER OF CONFESSIONS by Thierry Cruvellier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Cruvellier is an extremely articulate and compassionate observer to a country and its people plunged through the rings of hell."
With chilling clarity, a veteran international journalist delineates the totalitarian ideology and horrific crimes of the leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Read full book review >
SHADOW WARFARE by Larry Hancock
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"Readers who care about the intentions of the Founders and the niceties of human rights will come away depressed by this grim yet trenchant portrait of American imperial reach—and overreach."
Congress declares war, right? Constitutionally, yes—but, as intelligence analysts Hancock and Wexler (The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., 2012) write, there's a reason it doesn't. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A searching, discomfiting journey yields an elegant, memorable report."
A bare-knuckle, adventure-filled journey in search of the answer to a half-century-old cold case: Whatever happened to Nelson Rockefeller's son, Michael? Read full book review >
THE LOST SPRING by Walid Phares
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"Alarmist and unlikely to convince readers who don't already share the author's views."
Phares (The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, 2010, etc.) argues that the Obama administration has squandered a good opportunity for spreading democracy across the Middle East and checking Islamism. Read full book review >
FROM POMPEII by Ingrid D. Rowland
HISTORY
Released: March 17, 2014

"Those visitors are not nearly as interesting as those who excavated it and the city itself. Rowland provides abundant photographs, but many readers will wish for more about the everyday life of Pompeii."
Rowland traces the history of Pompeii (Architecture/Notre Dame Univ.; Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic, 2008, etc.) since the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Read full book review >